Award winning parks, gardens and the coast

The Fylde area is a regular winner of a wide range of awards for its beautifully presented parks and gardens and great pride is taken on the presentation of these public spaces. You’ll see gardeners out come rain or shine and there’s many volunteer groups that work tirelessly to upkeep these special areas – whether the beach, dunes, parks or gardens. Plus, do look out for the coastal ranger team who are out and about patrolling the area and delivering wildlife activity and educational projects.

Newton with Clifton in Bloom

In Bloom

You’ll find many parks, open spaces, residential gardens right throughout the Fylde borough that are regular winners of the North West In Bloom awards. This means that the towns and villages of Fylde are beautifully presented and there’s much dedication, passion and team work from the In Bloom volunteer groups that comes together to achieve fantastic results.

Elswick are current holders of Champion of Champions for the Britain in Bloom awards – well done to them!

For more information about In Bloom, click here.

Green flag

Green Flag

The Green Flag Award is the benchmark national standard for parks and green spaces in the United Kingdom. The Green Flag scheme was set up to recognise and reward green spaces in England and Wales that met the laid-down high standards. The range of parks and gardens in Fylde with a Green Flag flying confirms that you are never too far from a great outdoor space anywhere in the borough, with many having had significant improvements over the years. A total of five parks and green spaces in Fylde received the prestigious Green Flag Award and Community Award this year.  These are as follows:

  • Lowther Gardens, Lytham
  • Fairhaven Lake, Fairhaven
  • Promenade Gardens, St Annes
  • Ashton Gardens, St Annes
  • Memorial gardens, Lytham
  • Elswick Village Hall and Gardens

Beautiful parks and gardens

There are some absolutely stunning parks and open spaces around Fylde and well worth a visit. These include:

  • Ashton Gardens, St Annes. Located close to the centre of the town, the Grade II listed Ashton Gardens has a popular Pavilion for coffee or bite to eat, crown green bowling, toddler and junior playground, rose garden, war memorial rock and water garden, sunken garden and rose garden.
  • Lowther Gardens, Lytham. These gardens include tennis court, playground, crazy golf, the popular Lowther Theatre and café, mature gardens and the well known Shrimper statue in the central water feature.
  • Promenade Gardens. Take a stroll through the Grade II listed Promenade Gardens from St Annes Pier along to the Beach Terrace Café (opposite the Chadwick Hotel). There’s a beautiful Victorian bandstand and shelters, Mexico disaster monument, boating pool, pulhamite rock work, lake, waterfall, play area and adjacent mini links golf course.
  • Fairhaven Lake. Nestled between Lytham and St Annes, you’ll find Fairhaven Lake with its Spitfire memorial, café, tennis, toddler play area, bowling greens, boats for hire, RSPB Discovery Centre and it is a haven for birdlife, popular with migrating species. There’s plenty of parking. For information about the Friends of Fairhaven Lake group, click here
  • Lytham War Memorial Gardens. Located in the centre of Lytham adjacent to Hastings Place, you’ll find the War Memorial Gardens, beautifully planted and there’s benches for a quiet moment of reflection too.
  • Park View 4U, Lytham. There’s sports pitches, an Eco Pod, sand and water play area, coffee shop, popular adventure playground, popular BMX track. The very popular park is run by a trust established in 2003 and there’s many events throughout the year.
rangers on beach

Coast and Conservation Team

You may see our rangers and coastal patrol staff if you spend some time out and about on the beach or in some of the green spaces around Fylde borough. Undertaking regular patrols and protecting wildlife, they are delivering environmental education, a comprehensive programme of guided walks and children’s activities as well as getting people involved in volunteer schemes. They are working hard to look after our wonderful natural environment, so do say hello to them and take the opportunity to find out about their excellent work and the beautiful coast and countryside that we are so very lucky to enjoy.

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee Gardens

In the 1890’s shops were erected on the Crescent in St Anne’s and the St Annes On The Sea Town Council embarked on a scheme that would provide a permanent and fitting memorial to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee. St Anne’s resident Monica Pople has put together some interesting background of the history of these gardens in conjunction with local authors, libraries, heritage groups and historians. For more information click here

Memorial bench

Memorial benches

There are opportunities to purchase a memoral bench at various locations around Fylde. There’s four different types of bench available and you should contact Fylde Council to ascertain what locations may be available and what timescales would apply. There is a cost for the benches which varies according to the type of bench and more information can be found here.

allotment

Allotments

There are numerous allotment locations around Fylde and are a great way to grow your own and meet new people too. Allotment locations are:

  • Moss Hall Lane – managed by Fylde Borough Council
  • Mythop Road – managed by the Mythop Road Allotment Association
  • Shepherd Road and Blundell Road – managed by St Annes Town Council
  • Croft Butts Lane and Naze Lane – managed by Freckleton Parish Council
  • Kirkham – managed by Kirkham Town Council
  • Wesham – managed by Medlar with Wesham Parish Council

Please see this link for contact details for the various allotments listed above